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Scottish Parliament election
constituency
Glasgow Springburn
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Paul Martin
LAB
10963
59.0
+0.5
Frank Rankin
SNP
2956
15.9
-10.2
Margaret Bean
SSP
2653
14.3
+9.6
Alan Rodger
CON
1233
6.6
+1.3
Charles Dundas
LD
768
4.1
-1.2
MAJORITY 
8007
43.1
TURNOUT 
18573
37.5
ELECTORATE
49551

DESCRIPTION: Glasgow Springburn
The suburb of Springburn was once an independent burgh and held the largest railway engineering yard in Europe. The constituency is home to the Sighthill estate, now temporary home to many asylum-seekers sparking a degree of tension with local residents, although recent efforts to integrate the two communities have met with some success. Stobhill Hospital has been the focus of controversy over plans to downgrade general facilities, and to house a secure unit for mentally ill criminals within the grounds.

The seat has had a father and son team of Holyrood representatives 1999. The MSP is Paul Martin, son Michael Martin, the sitting Westminster MP and Commons speaker Michael Martin. Like his father, Paul Martin started his political career as a Glasgow councillor.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
14268
58.6
SNP
6375
26.2
CON
1293
5.3
LD
1288
5.3
SSP
1141
4.7
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
16053
66.6
SNP
4675
19.4
SSP
1879
7.8
SUP
1289
5.3
IND
208
0.9
Vote Scotland 2003

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